• Per Ove Sleen

  • STUDIO45

    Studio45 is a one man outfit supplying art illustrations and design on a high and professional level. Besides publishing all sorts of art and graphics (print & web), I also write, perform and publish music. Studio45 Produces and publishes graphic novels and subsequent video productions of the same novels for web and the commercial print market. Podcast and vidcast are in the workings.
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South Atlantic groove party in Bar Central El Paso

Last night I went out to have some fun with a friend, and we decided to go to Bar central and watch VRANDÁN play African inspired salsa and Latin.
A good Idea I must admit. That band was cooking and burning hot. In other words, we loved it.

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Another reason I went to see the band, is that the guitarplayer Jonny Acosta is a guy I already have met and heard.
I like his playing and hes real good.

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

Jonny Acosta on guitar with Vrandan-in-Bar-Centra

 

They did a real good concert and it was obvious that people was having a good time.
My man Benno did a brilliant job on the sound. He hit it right off without a minute of sound check……I mean that’s extreme sport.
Go benno Go Go!

Benno Knauer doing sound for Vrandan

Benno Knauer doing sound for Vrandan

 

It was well worth the 5 eoro they charged at the door.
Thank you guys and gals for a brilliant night.
The only thing on the minus side was nobody in Bar Central knew how to serve tequila, but then again they were only two girls running the whole bar alone with only the cook to help, and he was even more stressed out with everybody ordering food.
The food in Bar Central is an experience to itself.
If you ever find yourself in El Paso La Palma, you should treat yourself to a snack or two here. Prices are very nice and the food and the service is major good.
Now that’s it folks, I’ll be back tomorrow…..see’ya

A flight … and the world changed

 

This is where I am sitting and trying to scratch down a few impressions before I am going to hit the bar scene in El Paso La Palma . The place to be tonight I’m told, is Bar Centrale. A real hot flamenco nuevo artist is gonna hit the strings and make town swing…..

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Last night I was just doing the strtees of Puerto Naos, as I ran in to this guy in the picture below. He’s a double bass player, and he was having a good time with a few friends stomping some rockabilly. I couldn’t help myself as usual, and asked to join for a few songs. Man that guy could pull a mean bass. It turned out he was one of the main guys in the most famous act from La Palma. We’ve already made appointments fore a session, see what happens. Check out his band here in La Palma  http://www.myspace.com/tihuyacats

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Our friends Maria and Ollie in La Bodega in the picture below. It is the bar right around the corner from our apartment. They’ve been very nice to us, and Ollie has turned out to something of a soul brother….

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OK and then of course there we have Bones at ten thirty in the morning after a bottle of vodka with some real good grass…..ai ai ai

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But all’n all, I’m having a real good and inspiring time……

Two different worlds

 

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I have moved from this to……..

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This …….he he he

Sexy swords woman and progression

Once again we’ll have a quick look at what I’m doing, and how my progress in mastering watercolours are developing.
As you can see at my desk below, I keep busy and are hard at practising.

My little workspace well littered with work and practice projects

On the computer, you can see a nearly finished poster job I do for a local band (below) called “HardAnger”.

On the smaller pad, you can see yet another study of the girl I call “the Baader twin”, whom will be featuring in my ongoing series The St. Pauli Blues next episode (there is already two finished albums in the series, I am trying to get published these days).

Another study of the Baader twin. Assassin, all over good looking and a psychopath of dimensions....

The big pad is a watercolour project I’ve been contemplating for some time, and witch I seam to go rather slowly about. Beneath you can see the first pencil draft, penned in with a 0.2 UNI P/N fine line, and I have started brushing in some colour.

Watercolour project long contemplated, slowly materializing....

Before I do something as detailed and elaborate as this, I will mostly do a few thumbnails and ink sketches.
This to see what I want to do, and how to get there. Beneath you can see the once I did for this Indian in his canoe. These led to the big one in work.

Thumbnails and ink sketches done as pre studies for the watercolour piece I'm working on at the moment.

The last shot (I have no scanner available to me at the moment, ending up having to shoot these pictures with my HTC smartphone) below, is the WC (watercolour) picture with some more ink. I will proceed with more black to the straws in the foreground. Down on the left side, then let it fade in to negative space as we move in to the light source coming in from the right above.

The watercolour picture with some weight in form of shadows added by my ink brush.

I will try to keep you posted on this one as I move along. I am aiming for something along the lines of early Jean Girard/Moeibus. Like the work he and his staff did in the Blueberry series….Gonna have to slave hard for that one I guess.
That’s it folks, stay tuned I’ll be back…..hopefully  :)

Ink and watercolours

Here is a few sketches of various characters from various projects I am working on or contemplating.
As you can see I am once again trying to get in to water colours. I don’t have access to my drawing/painting gear at the time being. This makes things a little problematic. But I make use of what I can find or scrounge, and have bought a few cheap additions.

The paper is real crap, and of lowest price/quality. Same goes for the brushes. I have one acceptable one, but I use that for inking.
Pens for the line work is also a constant problem. I usually have three real good once I’ve bought over the years, and I keep refilling them (for this I need ink of high quality, real black and with as tiny pigments as possible in order to pass through the pens feeding system).

Still Alive and Well

Once again I have managed to ignore my blog for a long time, due to circumstances and work.

I’m in the middle of figuring out how I can get the first two albums of my graphic novel (The St. Pauli Blues) published, and at the same time record a CD and plot a tour for the band.

But still though, I am drawing a lot these days as well. Mainly to hone my growing skill set.

Being in between flats, I am also at the time sharing a very small flat with my friend and guitar player in the band Roger (band being The Plague)….
This here is our work area for both musical and graphic escapades. Shot with my HTC Smart phone and stitched in Photoshop (panorama stitching of six shots).

But that’s no obstacle. I just try to put all my spare time in to it. And here is a few samples to feast your eyes upon…..nothing serious in the term of being aimed at any special project or anything. Just doodling and trying stuff out. Testing ideas and such….

And that’s what I had laying about beside my desk today, I am of course sorry you’ve missed out on month of my work, but I might scan some of it at a later point…..If I can get it all in one place…..we’ll see.

Take care ya’ll, and thanks for popping in

 

Dystopia, futuristic SciFi and a Hoover 742 fountain pen

Once again I have committed a watercolour painting in the steadfast belief that it will improve my skill set.
Again I have used the usual suspects of tools, Ink, watercolour, brushes and a few Copic and Touch markers.

A friend gave me a very neat little gift the other day.
He was helping to clean out a villa after someone died, and as he was going on he found an old messed up pen on the floor in the cellar. Took it home and later gave it to me. All I had to do was clean it in water and refill it (got a plunger patent).

T’was a Hoover 742 fountain pen the best tool I’ve had for fine lining so far.
One can keep filling it up (ink is cheap in big bottles), and it has the most amazing dynamic line quality.
After getting used to it ( handles a little harder then the average fine line pen like Pilot V-Ball or Faber-Castell Vision 1476 micro and their likes), it is by fare the best tool for this kind of stuff (inking the fine lines in my comic drawings) I’ve had so fare. It handles a lot easier than for instance the regular nibs used a lot in comic inking, but leaves a dynamic line that can compete.